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Local athletes make college choices on ‘signing day’

Francis Howell had the largest contingent of student athletes to commit with 23 students signing at a party held for the school’s athletes, student body and community.

Francis Howell had the largest contingent of student athletes to commit with 23 students signing at a party held for the school’s athletes, student body and community.

Feb. 4 marked the first day that athletes could sign National Letters of Intent for football, soccer, lacrosse, volleyball, water polo, and other sports.

Here is a list of local athletes and the schools they will showcase their talents for in college.


Baseball: Mason King, Truman State University; Will Whiteman, Lindenwood-Belleville University; Matt Graser, Hannibal Lagrange University

Cross Country/Track: Amy Marxer, University of Central Missouri

Football: Sutton Smith, Northern Illinois University; Aaron Callaway, Eastern Illinois University; Austin Johnson, Missouri State University; JD Koehler, Valparaiso University; Kaelen Riddick, Missouri Valley College; Desmond Niboh, Lindenwood University; Tate Greifoner, University of Central Missouri

Soccer: Ashlyn Moos, Coe College; Claire Palmer, University of Arkansas-Little Rock; Gabby Orlando, Quincy University; Maddi Karstens, Southeast Missouri State University; Kaitlyn Unland, Missouri Western University

Softball: Sara Czachowski, Coe College; Paige Kurtz, Jefferson College; Olivia Boyer, St. Charles Community College; Payton Wilson, Lindenwood University

Volleyball: Kirsten Brugere, Tennessee Tech University; Jade Faucette, Florida International University

Wrestling: Connor Flynn, West Virginia University


Baseball: David Beecher, McKendree University

Soccer: Caitlyn Eddy, University of Arkansas-Little Rock; Tristyn Hasmer,Truman State University; Jordan Henderson, Williams Woods University

Volleyball: Brittany Howard, Missouri Baptist University

Soccer: Lauren Nosal, Murray State University; Chase Webert, Florida Gulf Coast University

Track and Field: Alec Scherding, Missouri Baptist University

Softball: Kaylee Sheridan, Jefferson College; Becca Stocker, Lindenwood University; Lindsey Lewis, St. Charles Community College


Soccer: Carli Bond, St. Louis University; Kelly Braudis, St. Charles Community College; Bailey North, Missouri Southern; Kyleigh Kristenson, St. Charles Community College, Shelbi Wiebe, William Woods University

Baseball: Kevin Braudis, Longview Community College; Justin Weaver, Culver-Stockton; Brett Williams, Culver Stockton

Football: DJ Curtis, University of Nebraska-Kearney; Steven Decker, Northeastern Oklahoma State; Matt Dunn, University of Nebraska-Omaha; Elijah Keely, Iowa Central University; A.J. Lozada, Missouri Valley; A.J. Schulze, University of Nebraska-Kearney; Risa Tanaka, Providence University

Golf: A.J. Porter, Lindenwood University-Belleville; Maleya Schmidt, Missouri Valley


Cross Country: Sean Conlin, St. Louis University; Amanda Green, Webster University

Football: Shane Barrett, Quincy University

Soccer: Leah Bonugli, William Woods University

Softball: Meagan Elder, Missouri Baptist University; Kourtney Clark, Three Rivers College


Football: Brendan Pierce, Quincy University; Tre Johnson, Lindenwood University; Justin Fitzpatrick, Western Illinois (football/baseball); Marcus Lowery, Missouri Baptist University

Basketball: Zach Glotta, Austin Peay

Soccer: Cassidy Menke, Arkansas State; Kyle Pelton, Lewis and Clark College; Mike DeAvila, University of Illinois-Springfield; Bremdan Orf, Missouri Baptist University; Nick Filla, Lewis and Clark College

Softball: Shelby Clerk, Jefferson College; Taylor Dames, Jefferson College


Baseball: Brenden Garza, North Missouri Central College

Basketball: Katie Lamkie, Stephens College

Football: Zak McCrary, Southwest Baptist University

Soccer: Bryce Johnson, Missouri S & T; Drew Orf, Truman State University


Baseball: Logan Andersen, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville; Nathan Bock, Longview Community College; Brandon Gabler, John Wood Community College; Zach Howard, Avila University; Blaze Speas, Three Rivers Community College; Zach Smith, William Woods University; Jonathan Steiner, Lindenwood University-Belleville.

Diving: Marissa Green, University of Arkansas

Football: Dylan Bruce, University of Indianapolis; Tyler Castle, Quincy University

Soccer: Carly Ragusky, Lindenwood University-Belleville


Football: Tyler Brave, Pittsburg State University; Tyler Evola, Missouri Valley University; Jesus Rocha, Missouri Valley University; Kevin Tiernan, Central Methodist University

Softball: MyKaela Arellanes, Northern Illinois; Kaylee Huecker, Wichita State University

Swimming: Drew Rydberg, Lindenwood University

Soccer: Connor Openlander, Marshall University; Sydnie Markowski, McKendree University

Wrestling: Brennan Lipp, Lyon College


Baseball: Nic Gauspohl, Meramec Community College; Storme Cooper, Southern Mississippi University; Tanner Forck, Truman State University; Ian Nelson, University of Missouri

Cheerleading: Olivia Beseda, Lindenwood University

Football: Danny Williams, Pittsburg State University

Soccer: Nicole Bascio, University of Illinois-Springfield; Jordan Bermudez, Central Methodist University; Deja Lundberg, St. Charles Community College

Softball: Angel Badalamenti, Missouri Southern State University

Wrestling: Chance Cooper, McKendree University; Dustin Gray, West Virginia University

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